Nicole Mones, popular author of The Last Chinese Chef returns to present Night in Shanghai.
Night in Shanghai is an epic historical novel based on the true experiences of African American musicians in the Chinese jazz age. These American jazz men were recruited from Depression-era America and handed wealth and position beyond their wildest dreams, only to be swept up in the outbreak of World War II.
Night in Shanghai follows classically trained pianist Thomas Greene through Shanghai’s glittering jazz years, and then the darker years of the Japanese occupation. In addition to introducing unknown aspects of African American history, the story also introduces a fascinating piece of Holocaust history, which, until this moment has been entirely unknown in the English-speaking world - found by the author’s researcher in Chinese archives. The title, “Night in Shanghai” or “Ye Shanghai,” is to this day the Chinese-language catchphrase for the city’s golden era, with a meaning similar to the American “Roaring Twenties” or “Harlem Renaissance.”
Nicole Mones’ novels Night in Shanghai, The Last Chinese Chef, Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light are popular worldwide and have won multiple juried prizes. From 1999-2008 Mones contributed regular features on Chinese cuisine to Gourmet, and her nonfiction writing on China has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
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